Is My Child Too Sick to Go to School?
Many parents have a hard time deciding if their children are well enough to go to school. After all, what well-intentioned parent has not sent a child off with tissues in hand, only to get that mid-morning "come get your child" phone call?
But making the right decision is not as tough as you might think. It basically boils down to one question: Can your child still participate in school activities? After all, having a sore throat, cough, or mild congestion does not necessarily mean a child cannot be active and participate in school activities.
So trust your instincts. If your son has the sniffles but has not slowed down at home, chances are he is well enough for the classroom. On the other hand, if he has been coughing all night and needs to be woken up in the morning (if he typically wakes up on his own), he may need to take it easy at home.
Of course, never send a child who has a fever to school or one who is nauseated, vomiting, or has diarrhea. Kids who lose their appetite, are clingy or lethargic, complain of pain, or who just do not seem to be acting "themselves" should also take a sick day.